The dust around home plate hadn’t even cleared from Josean Rios’ go-ahead, two-RBI single when Robert Brown stepped up to bat with two runners on in the bottom of the fourth inning on Tuesday. Then, boom.

With a swift swing of the bat, Brown blasted a three-run home run far beyond the fence, giving North Andover Little League a four-run advantage, along with renewed hope that the team’s tournament run wasn’t over just yet.

Brown’s homer proved decisive, as North Andover beat Andover American, 7-5, forcing a winner-take-all elimination game in the District 14 Little League championship series.

Now, all the focus turns to Wednesday’s winner-take-all battle, with the team that emerges headed to the sectional tournament. Returning to Andover’s Deyermond Field at 6 p.m., North Andover finds itself full of confidence entering the decisive championship tilt.